Tottenham are title favourites for the first time in 31 years

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Leicester City’s 2-2 draw with West Brom on Tuesday meant that some Tottenham fans, and the majority of their players, found themselves in unknown territory as Spurs shot to the head of the title betting.

The last time the North London side were favourites to lift the league winners’ trophy was back in 1985 when Peter Shreeve’s men held top-spot on New Year’s Day.

That won’t be something the current squad remember however, for the simple reason most of them weren’t born.

Only back-up keeper Michel Vorm was around the last time the bookies had the title going back to White Hart Lane, and as a one-year-old in the Netherlands, we’re not too sure the stopper has much of a memory of that time either.

Mauricio Pochettino’s men were cut to 15/8 to taste a first success in 54 years after the long-time leaders Leicester dropped points at the King Power on Tuesday night, a price that will surely shorten further should they beat London rivals West Ham this evening.

Spurs fans of a certain vintage will know that being the bookmaker favourites to lift the title means nothing if the team cannot back it up on the pitch.

Back in the mid-80s the capital club succumbed to a late surge by Everton to find themselves back in third place in the First Division when the season ended.

This time though it appears they are peaking at just the right time, with six straight wins moving them to within three points of Leicester, with a game in hand.

Deliver the victory at Upton Park that is chalked up as a 10/11 shot, and Pochettino and Co. will usurp Ranieri’s men on goal difference, for the time being at least.

It may be a new dawn for much of the Tottenham squad and their fan base will be hoping this season ends better than their promising season three decades ago.

All odds and markets correct as of the date of publshing.

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